1. The Laws of New York
  2. Consolidated Laws
  3. Civil Rights
  4. Article 4-B: Rights of Persons With a Disability Accompanied By Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs or Service Dogs


Section 47-B Miscellaneous provisions

Civil Rights (CVR)

1. Persons with a disability accompanied by guide dogs, hearing dogs or service dogs shall be guaranteed the right to have such dogs in their immediate custody while exercising any of the rights and privileges set forth in this article, provided that in instances of employment pursuant to section forty-seven-a of this article, such dog has been trained by a qualified person. Blind persons shall, further, have the right to carry a cane in their immediate custody while exercising any of the rights and privileges set forth in this section.

  2. No person or legal entity, public or private, shall attempt to impose or maintain any direct or indirect additional charge for the admittance of a guide dog, hearing dog or service dog accompanying a person with a disability, nor shall any conditions or restrictions not specifically set forth in this article be imposed on the person's rights as set forth herein.

  3. A person engaged in training a dog to guide or otherwise aid persons with a disability, while engaged in such training activities, and a person with a disability for whom the dog is being trained, shall have the same rights and privileges set forth for persons with a disability in this article.

  4. The term "guide dog", or "hearing dog" shall mean a dog that is under the control, consistent with federal regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title III, at 28 CFR 36.302(c), of the person using or training it and has been or is being trained to guide or otherwise to aid a person with a disability.

  5. For the purposes of this article the term "disability" shall have the same meaning as provided for in subdivision twenty-one of section two hundred ninety-two of the executive law.

  6. Any law, rule, or regulation conflicting with any provision of this article is, to the extent of said conflict only, deemed to be superseded by the provisions of this article.

  7. "Service dog" means any dog under the control, consistent with federal regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title III, at 28 CFR 36.302(c), of the person using or training it, and that has been or is being individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability.